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Panasonic LX7 review

Is a small sensor premium compact enough to take on the Sony RX100?

Panasonic LX7 review

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Despite the fact that the Panasonic LX7 uses a small sensor, it still manages to produce pleasing depth of field effects and capture an impressive amount of detail. Four different aspect ratios are available, with this demonstrating 16:9.

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Colours are represented well by the Panasonic LX7 in the majority of cases, producing images that are bright and colourful, without being overly vibrant.

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With its 3.7x optical zoom, the Panasonic LX7 is a flexible option for travelling photographers, and its pocketable size makes it a good option for use a second camera.

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Several digital filters are available for shooting with the Panasonic LX7, including this, which is Cross Processed. You also have the option to customise several of the filters, depending on your preference.

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Dynamic Monochrome is another of Panasonic LX7's filters.

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Impressive Art is a filter that gives an HDR-like appearance.

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Toy Camera distorts colours and adds a vignette around the edge of the frame.

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Sepia is another filter that can be used.

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This is an example of different kind of cross processing, where blue tones have been emphasised.

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Macro focusing on the Panasonic LX7 is good, it can be selected via a dedicated switch on the side of the lens.

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Panasonic LX7 review

Colours look natural from the LX7, they are bright and punchy without being overly vibrant.

Panasonic LX7 review

Lots of detail can be captured with the LX7's 10 million pixel sensor, while a macro mode is included for capturing close-up images.

Panasonic LX7 review

As on Panasonic's G series of compact system cameras, the LX7 has a number of creative filters which can be deployed, including this cross processed effect.

Panasonic LX7 review

The LX7 has a wide angle lens, which allows you to get lots in the scene.

Panasonic LX7 review

The LX7 copes well in low light conditions, thanks to the f/1.4 lens. Auto white balance has also done an excellent job of keeping colours accurate and natural looking too.

Panasonic LX7 review

The LX7 has a maximum aperture of f/2.3 at the telephoto end of the lens, which was used here. It is this which Panasonic says sets it apart from competitors including the Sony RX100.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution10.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom3.8x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesLive View, Orientation Sensor, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Time Lapse Function, Face Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMP4, AVCHD
Weight (Approximate)269 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH, WEEE
Flash Memory Capacity70 MB
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution3648 x 2736
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeMOS
Total Camera Resolution12.7 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedDMW-BCJ13
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height67.1 mm
Width110.5 mm
Depth45.7 mm
Autofocus Points23
Focal Length4.70 mm to 17.70 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO, RAW
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Front Curtain Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Slow Sync, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-LX7
Product NameDMC-LX7 Digital Camera
Product LineLumix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-LX7EB-K
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

Premium Compact Digital Camera with F1.4 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX Lens for Outclassing Creative Possibility

The DMC-LX7 is equipped with 24mm ultra wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMILUX lens featuring outstanding F1.4 brightness at wide-end and F2.3 at tele-end. The extraordinarily rich amount of light allows not only using higher shutter speed for blur-free images in lower light situation, but also giving impressive expression by reproducing exquisite gradation and mellow defocus. The Nano Surface Coating is applied to minimize ghost and flaring.

Battery Life330 Shot
Package Contents
  • DMC-LX7 Digital Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • AC Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Hot Shoe Cover
  • Lens Cap
  • Lens Cap string
Display Resolution920000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker